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Editorial: Early warning systems for pandemics: Lessons learned from natural hazards

Source(s):  International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction (Elsevier) (IJDRR)

As more political administrations look to Early Warning Systems (EWS) to help mitigate future waves of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), evidence-based considerations from the study of EWS and environmental hazards can lay the ground for discussion. According to this editorial, the key findings to be carried forward are as follows:

  1. Translation and multi-way communication are required to ensure that all involved in designing and assigning alerts understand what information is credible and relevant.
  2. Whilst alert level systems are used globally as a visual and text-based shorthand system to convey concise and clear information to a wide range of people, scientific uncertainties can make alert levels complicated to use.
  3. The standardisation of alert levels and early warning systems is vital to convey information to a wide range of stakeholders.



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  • Editorial: Early warning systems for pandemics: Lessons learned from natural hazards
  • Publication date 2020
  • Author(s) Fearnley, Carina J.; Dixon, Deborah
  • Number of pages 3 p.
  • ISBN/ISSN 10.1016/j.ijdrr.2020.101674 (DOI)

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